The Calligrapher's Secret by Rafik Schami

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A new international bestseller from the award-winning author of The Dark Side of Love. Even as a young man, Hamid Farsi is acclaimed as a master of the art of calligraphy. But as time goes by, he sees that weaknesses in the Arabic language and its script limit its uses in the modern world. In a secret society, he works out schemes for radical reform, never guessing what risks he is running. His beautiful wife, Nura, is ignorant of her husband's ambitions, knowing only his cold, avaricious side. So it's no wonder she feels flattered by the attentions of his young apprentice. And so begins a passionate love story—the love of a Muslim woman and a Christian man.


About Rafik Schami

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Born in Damascus in 1946 and has lived in political exile in Germany since 1970. Today he is one of the most successful Arab writers in Europe and writes in his adopted language of German. His novels have been translated into 21 languages and received numerous international awards.
Published January 1, 2011 by Interlink Publishing. 444 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile in Aleppo, a less gifted but more amiable, jug-eared calligrapher makes an adequate living, and his wife will eventually become a famous calligrapher too.

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When a mason hears of his son Jirji being beaten by a teacher at school, his anger and fury is described as, “He closed his eyes for a second, and saw a fine rain of burning needles against a dark sky.” After falling in love, it is said of Noura that, “From that day on, time flew past as if it we...

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